Flowers Foods agreed to acquire Canyon Bakehouse

Flowers Foods agreed to acquire Canyon Bakehouse, a privately held, gluten-free baking company based in Johnstown, CO, for approximately $205 million. Flowers Foods plans to leverage its distribution network and retail partnerships to drive growth of the Canyon Bakehouse brand. The acquisition is expected to be completed in fourth quarter 2018.

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Chocolate

Chocolate consumption rates among U.S. adults are up 7 percent from a decade ago but have slipped in recent years, according to data in a new report by market research firm Packaged Facts.

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Craft meats

Protein snacks are hot, as are all things artisan. That’s good news for producers of craft meats sold in grocery delis.

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Self Care

Self-care has become a disruptive consumer macro trend that is rippling across the industry. CPG brands and retailers must understand how this trend is impacting their own portfolios and channels, as well as those of competitors.

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Fresh Has a Future for Online Grocers

Picking and preserving fresh products has long been a thorn in the side of grocery delivery – but that reality appears to be changing, according to new research from the Lake Success, N.Y.-based Retail Feedback Group (RFG).

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Energy Gum

Apollo Brands will release a new chewing gum called Fly Gum, which aims to combat jet lag through a caffeine-rich liquid core.

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Sipping Soups

New from Campbell Soup Co. are Well Yes Sipping Soups, convenient grab-and-go soups that can be enjoyed as a satisfying snack or pick-me-up.

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Ahold Delhaize will roll out small, automated warehouses

Ahold Delhaize will roll out small, automated warehouses to speed order picking and cut delivery times, as it revamps its e-commerce business in response to rising competition. The company will automate order collection at mini “robot supermarkets” attached to the stores of its U.S. chains like Stop & Shop, teaming up with Takeoff, a startup which builds small warehouses that stack groceries to save space and use robot arms to assemble shoppers’ orders. The warehouses cost about $3 million to build, which Takeoff says is less than the cost of a typical store revamp, reported Reuters.

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